Volunteer as a Doula

We are currently recruiting for volunteer doulas to join our team.

Applications are now open for doulas who want to volunteer with Birth for Humankind.

Successful applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and also be available to attend 2 full days of induction training in Thornbury on Saturday 17 and 24 February, 2018.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer doula, we invite you to attend an information evening to be held in Thornbury on December 6. To confirm your attendance, please click here.

Eligibility and application

To be eligible to apply as a volunteer doula for Birth for Humankind, you are required to:

  • Live in Greater Melbourne or Geelong area
  • Have completed a comprehensive doula training program, be a midwife or student midwife
  • Have attended a minimum of three births
  • Have a current Police Check and Working with Children Check
  • Agree to abide by our policies and Code of Practice
  • Be committed to providing quality, impartial support to women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Be committed to provide primary doula support to a minimum of three clients over an 18 month period

To read more download the Volunteer doula information sheet.

To submit your application click here

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 15 January, 2018.

We will contact you shortly after your application has been received. All successful applicants will be advised by Monday 29 January, 2018.

The role of the Birth for HumanKIND doula

The role of the primary doula is to provide support before, during and after the birth. Ideally, we aim to provide:

  • 2-3 visits before the birth (including one appointment with the midwife/doctor)
  • Two visits after the birth
  • 24/7 on-call availability two weeks before and two weeks after the clients estimated due date

Ongoing support, mentoring and debriefing is also provided by the Doula Coordinator and Supervisor.  We also host monthly Birth Support Circle for our volunteers to come together and share thoughts and wisdom.

To find out more about our doula program be sure to sign up to our newsletter here.

 

It is a real privilege to work with birthing women and support their transition to strong and empowered mothers. Volunteering with Birth for Humankind allows me to achieve this by connecting me with the women and families who truly benefit the most from my doula services. Thanks to the unwavering support, encouragement and ongoing, relevant training from Birth for Humankind, I now feel more confident in my role as a doula and have great pride in the contribution I am making to my community.

Liz Varney, Birth for Humankind Volunteer Doula